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Australian exports surge to new record

Australia's total goods and services exports soared 10.2 per cent in 2011 to $313.3 billion — the first time exports have reached over $300 billion during any 12 month period.

New pathway to step up negotiations on trade in services

Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson has welcomed a statement by 44 World Trade Organization members — including Australia — which commits them to intensifying negotiations on an agreement on global trade in services.

Trans-Pacific Partnership stakeholder meeting on 3 August 2012

Stakeholders with an interest in audio-visual services or electronic commerce information flows are invited to meet with members of the TPP negotiating team in Sydney on Friday 3 August 2012. See TPP news for more information.

Trade in Primary and Manufactured Products 2011 released on 21 June 2012

Australian produced exports of primary products rose 18.1 per cent or $30.1 billion in 2011, reaching a record $196 billion for the year, according to new figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today.

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dr Emerson exchanging Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement side-letters with Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed.22 May 2012

Australia has warmly welcomed Canada and Mexico as new members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Their inclusion in the negotiations, announced during the G20 Leaders' Summit in Los Cabos in June 2012, brings the number of parties seeking to conclude a wide-ranging accord on trade and economic integration across the Asia-Pacific region to 11.

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